Places to Go in Galena & Jo Daviess County

Galena Country is overflowing with interesting historical sites, many of which have been named to the National Register of Historic Places. From our expertly restored 19th century Main Street to churches, hotels, train depots and other historic points of interest scattered across the countryside, we’re literally full of hidden treasures. Hit the road for a full day of discovery. Eleven charming towns are just waiting to be explored – and they’re all in a day’s drive!

Apple River

Apple River

Located on the historic Stagecoach Trail to Chicago, Apple River is home to a a restored one-room school house and white-steeple church from the 1800s.

East Dubuque

East Dubuque

Public marinas, lively pubs, Gramercy Park, a 45-hole golf course, and a 7,392 foot tied-arch and cantilevered bridge all make this a worthy stop.

Elizabeth

Elizabeth

See the only fort attacked during the 1832 Black Hawk War at this growing antique-lover's destination home to local art galleries, studios and five museums.

Galena

Galena

Renowned for its 19th century history and architecture, this river city is full of trolley rides, eclectic shops, great food, local wines and more than 30 B&Bs.

Hanover

Hanover

Visit the “Mallard Capital of the World” then sample the award-winning wine of two lush vineyards before hitting the slopes at nearby Chestnut Mountain Resort.

Menominee

Menominee

A great place to rest your legs after bicycling the rolling backroads of Jo Daviess County. Grab a bite to eat and pedal your way north to Wisconsin and beyond.

Nora

Nora

A picture-worthy day of cruising the countryside starts here as you follow the Stagecoach Trail in Jo Daviess County from this once bustling railroad community.

Scales Mound

Scales Mound

Explore a town where 90 percent of the village is encompassed within a National Register Historic District and listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Stockton

Stockton

Learn about the birth of Kraft Cheese in Illinois' highest town above sea level and see where Ice Age glaciers came to a stop, leaving spectacular views along U.S. Highway 20.

Warren

Warren

Located at the intersection of two stagecoach routes and the Illinois Central Railroad, make plans to stop by midsummer for the oldest county fair in Illinois.

Woodbine

Woodbine

Located in between Stockton and Elizabeth in the heart of Jo Daviess County,